Bulls' Tom Thibodeau: NFL defensive coordinator?

Bulls' Tom Thibodeau: NFL defensive coordinator?
January 23, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Mark Strotman

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau will add to his list of coaching credentials this summer when he acts as an assistant for USA basketball underneath head coach Mike Krzyzewski. But what if Thibodeau tried his hand in a different sport? Well, Sports Illustrated believes Thibodeau would make a fine NFL defensive coordinator, according to the "All-Gridiron Team: NBA players who would dominated on the football field."

Players took on new football roles such as Russell Westbrook at running back, LeBron James at tight end, Dwight Howard at left tackle, DeMarcus Cousins at defensive tackle and Nate Robinson at cornerback. And on the coaching staff, Ben Golliver wisely chose Thibodeau to run a defense that also featured the likes of Metta World Peace (MLB), Tony Allen (FS) and Blake Griffin (DE).

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"Hoarse voice, tireless work ethic, total focus on shutting down the opposition, and one (or two, or five) notch too high on the intensity scale for everyone’s liking," said Golliver, stating his case for Thibodeau.

The Bulls have ranked in the top-5 in defensive efficiency each of Thibodeau's four seasons (they're second this year), including the top-ranked efficiency in each of his first two seasons.

That, combined with his sideline intensity every play make him a perfect fit for a defensive coordinator position in the NFL.

While we're at it, what might Thibodeau's defense look like if it consisted of Bulls? We took a 3-4 approach and broke it down here:

DE: Taj Gibson
NT: Nazr Mohammed
DE: Carlos Boozer

OLB: Jimmy Butler
MLB: Mike Dunleavy
MLB: Tony Snell
OLB: Joakim Noah

CB: DJ Augustin
FS: Mike James
SS: Kirk Hinrich
CB: Derrick Rose